11/23/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Khalia Campbell- Living Her Dream

By Walter Rutledge

Dancer Khalia Campbell is living her dream! Years of dedication, sacrifice and ole fashion hard work has taken this Bronx native to her “dream job” as a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Campbell will make her New York City Center debut during the company’s fall season November 28 through December 30. Continue reading

11/16/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Stormy Weather- Featuring Katherine Dunham And Her Dance Troupe

Stormy Weather is a 1943 film musical produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an all African-American cast and serve to  showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time. Continue reading

10/12/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Tap Heat

Tap Heat, a 14 minute award winning short film starring Arthur Duncan and Jason Samuels Smith that uses dance as dialogue. Different styles of tap, Urban Funk and Traditional Tap, are in conflict where society has decided to accept one style over another. The characters and their styles ultimately find common ground, when the entire cast joins in on stage in a tap dance number reminiscent of the 30’s and 40’s Broadway musicals, with a contemporary edge that reflects current trends in tap styles today. Continue reading

9/21/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Paula Abdul- Straight Up (Late Late Show 2018)

Paula Abdul presented a show stopping version of her signature hit, Straight Up, on Wednesday’s Late Late Show, adding ensemble choreography and subtle electronic elements to the 1988 single. Continue reading

9/11/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Alvin Ailey: Awassa Astrige / Ostrich by Asadata Dafora

Sierra Leone-born choreographer Asadata Dafora blended his vision of a traditional African dance with Western staging in this groundbreaking 1932 solo set to Carl Riley’s score of African drumming and flute and performed Ailey dancer by Antonio Douthit-Boyd.  Continue reading

8/24/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Magic vs Dice KOBK 11 left 4 dead 2 (Dance Battle)

Kill or be Killed 11 Left 4 Dead 2 Tournament, 16 dancers are battling for a new belt legacy. The 1st kobk champion for over a year now has faced a bigger challenge this year . Shout to all the dancers and supporters that came out and showed love congratulations to the new champion Magic. Continue reading

8/24/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Magic vs Dice KOBK 11 left 4 dead 2

Kill or be Killed 11 Left 4 Dead 2 Tournament, 16 dancers are battling for a new belt legacy. The 1st kobk champion for over a year now has faced a bigger challenge this year . Shout to all the dancers and supporters that came out and showed love congratulations to the new champion Magic. Continue reading

7/26/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Le jeune homme et la mort by Roland Petit (Zizi Jeanmaire & Rudolf Nureyev)- 1966

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Le Jeune Homme et La Mort was choreographed by Roland Petit  choreographed in 1946 to Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582, with a one-act libretto by Jean Cocteau. It tells the story of a Young Man driven to suicide by his faithless lover. Sets were by George Wakhevitch and costumes variously reported as being by Karinska or Cocteau. Continue reading

7/20/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY PT.2: Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray – Flexn Manchester

Flexing, also called Bone Breaking is a style of street dance from Brooklyn, NewYork, that is characterized by rhythmic contortionist movement combined with waving, tutting, floor moves, and gliding. Continue reading

7/20/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene – Featuring Marcia Haydee and Richard Cragun

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Balcony scene from John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet featuring Marcia Haydee and Richard Cragun with music by Sergei Prokofiev. Continue reading